Aquino to public: Beware of those sowing doubt, lies

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Monday, August 25, 2014

MANILA -- President Benigno Aquino III warned the public on Monday against those pretending of pushing for reforms but only seeking to sow doubt and lies.

The Chief Executive made the warning as he led the celebration of the National Heroes Day in Taguig City and amid the protest action in Rizal Park where participants called for the abolition of pork barrel.

"The days of colonizers, of wars, of Martial Law are long gone. Yet there are still a select and selfish few who remain determined to bring back the old and abusive political systems. This is the fight that confronts us today: to remain vigilant against those who seek to sow doubt and lies; to stand firm and refuse to allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who only pretend at reform; to reject the crooked, and resolve to stay on the straight path," he said in a speech.

The President cited a recent article written by a 13-year-old student from Bacolod City who expressed alarm by what she had read and had seen these days.

"To her, it seems as if the latest trend is to hurl criticism, even at those who are doing everything in their power to uphold the interests of the people. She also said: in the face of the challenges our country has experienced, instead of remaining open-minded and searching for the truth, there are some who choose to spread baseless accusations; instead of helping to find a solution, there are some who want to worsen the fear and suffering of our countrymen," he said quoting Ma. Francesca Santiago.

Aquino said it was clear to Santiago that everyone has a right to free expression, but at the same time, each one has the obligation to remain just and reasonable.

He said he was surprised to know that Santiago was only 13 years old, who at a very young age, already exhibits "more discernment that some who are much older than her.

"If this is the caliber of thinking of the youth today, I am certain that we are indeed facing a brighter future," he said.

The President said that his administration has been treading the straight path for more than four years now.

"The seeds of change we have sown are already bearing fruit—and, seeing this, those who want to take advantage of the people are becoming desperate," he said, as he urged the people not to waste this opportunity.

"This is the only way that we can repay and honor the heroes who sacrificed much, so that our country could arrive at its present state. This is the only way for us to ensure that, when the next generations commemorate National Heroes Day, they will remember, express their gratitude for, and reflect on this chapter of our history, and they will say: This was indeed the time when all Filipinos decided, as one people, to become heroes," he stressed. (SDR/Sunnex)

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